Tuesday, May 27, 2008

MERMAID IN A BOX


As you already know if you visit my blog on a regular basis, the Paper Whimsy Art Group is among my very favorites as they always seem to tempt me with unusual projects that challenge me to stretch myself as an artist, to learn and grow. This weekend I finished my latest of their projects on which I worked for days and days and days. The participants are each creating a Mermaid In A Box, and we are to create a story to explain her form and the elements we used in her shadowbox.

My Mermaid is named Pasha, and I imagine her as the infant daughter of the Greek God of the Seas, Posiodon. I started with a 5 x 7 shadowbox which caught my eye because the glass is at the back of the frame instead of the front which is the usual form of shadowboxes. This gave me the option of suspending my mermaid in front of her glass protected background so that she moves and looks like she is swimming through the waves. I used one of my favorite Paper Whimsy images of an adorable little girl for Pasha's upper body. Her tail I fashioned from clay onto which I stamped a spiral pattern and then colored with Pearl Ex Powder. Her wild hair is felt curliques, and tucked under her arm is her tiny mermaid doll (a charm). Gold seashells and starfish lie below her on the ocean floor as she swims toward her father who has his magical trident in hand.

I fell in love with her during the creative process and will be a little sad to send her to her new Paper Whimsy owner, when the partners are announced. Of course, that sadness will be completely offset by the joy of receiving from another Paper Whimsy participant their Mermaid in a Box. The artists in the group are truly an amazingly talented group, so I have no doubt I will love the one I will receive.

7 comments:

Christy said...

this is so cute. how adorable she is and i especially love that scroll crown she has!

Linda East said...

OMG Patricia...your mermaid baby is so precious...I love the way you stamped the clay for the tail and I like the shells in the bottom.

annehartman said...

Patricia - I love this mermaid box. I haven't been in a swap with you for a while - maybe soon! I just tagged your blog - you're it :)

http://annehartman.typepad.com

Linda East said...

Hey you littl sweetie...you have been tagged by me...go over to timeless treasures and get all the info...nanana...LUV LE

ScaryCheri said...

Patricia, this is lovely as is all of your art. Sent you an email but it didn't go through. I hope you are doing ok my friend. Miss our emails. Hugz, ScaryCheri

Tamara C said...

Hello Patricia! I hope you are feeling cozy and warm in your little corner of the world! I just wanted to stop by and wish you a creative and joyful new year! I hope to see more of your beautiful art uploaded on your blog very soon! It always makes me smile! :)

Big Hugs Topped With Champagne Bubbles, Tamara C.

linda loe said...

This is beautyfull